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Julius Novick, Professor Emeritus, Publishes “Beyond the Golden Door”

Date Released: 5/30/2008

Julius Novick, Professor Emeritus of Literature and Drama Studies at Purchase College, has published Beyond the Golden Door: Jewish American Drama and Jewish American Experience (Palgrave Macmillan). The book is based on two public lectures Dr. Novick gave at Purchase as one of the first Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professors.

Beyond the Golden Door is the first book devoted to showing how Jewish playwrights have dramatized the great struggle to balance Old World heritage with New World opportunity—a struggle with implications for all American ethnicities.

Dr. Novick is also the author of Beyond Broadway: The Quest for Permanent Theatres. He was the theatre critic at the Village Voice, the New York Observer, and New York Newsday and has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Harper’s Magazine, the Forward, and many other publications. He has been honored with a Fulbright Scholarship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, among others, and has served twice on the Pulitzer Prize Drama Jury.